Following on the heels of General Motors selling
its Mesa, Arizona Desert Proving Ground, Ford
has decided to look at doing the same with its own Arizona facility. The Arizona Proving Ground located near Lake Havasu is a 3,700 acre facility that employs 200 permanent staff in addition to Ford engineeers who come in to test vehicles. The track would be disposed of as part of the current cost cutting effort at Ford. Way Forward, ho! Most of Ford's vehicle development testing is being consolidated at its Dearborn Proving Ground adjacent to the automaker's engineering facilities. Nothing is finalized at this point, but it seems likely that a deal will happen sooner rather than later.
[Source: Detroit News]